Descendants of California’s first chief justice and a coalition of University of California, Hastings College of the Law alumni are suing the state and university leadership after the passage of legislation to rename the school and cut symbolic ties with its founder.

In a lawsuit filed Tuesday, alumni and six relatives of California’s first Chief Justice Serranus Clinton Hastings claim the state breached an agreement enshrined in state law to forever designate the school as the Hastings College of the Law.

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